The Italian Violin Tradition: 1650-1850

On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Tommaso Paolo Alberghi

organized by
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca)

in collaboration with
Edizione Nazionale Italiana dell’Opera Omnia di Pietro Antonio Locatelli
Ad Parnassum Journal
Ensemble Symposium

6-8 April 2017
Faenza, Ridotto del Teatro Masini

In effort to mark the tri-centenary of the birth of Tommaso Paolo Alberghi, the Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca and the Municipality of Faenza, in collaboration with the Italian National Edition of the complete works of Pietro Antonio Locatelli, Ad Parnassum Journal, and the Ensemble Symposium, are pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium and «The Italian Violin Tradition: 1650-1850», to be held in Faenza, Teatro Masini, from Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 April 2017 (
Rooted in the sixteenth century, the Italian violin school reached its apex in the mid-seventeenth century. In Bologna Giuseppe Torelli cultivated a lyrical style that influenced his great pupil Arcangelo Corelli, founder of a school of international standing and sustained influence. Distinct from this, although directly contemporaneous, was the impulse towards extreme virtuosity emanating from Antonio Vivaldi and Pietro Antonio Locatelli. Giuseppe Tartini, located in Padua, was the founder of the ‘School of Nations’, an elite school followed by about seventy students, including Tommaso Paolo Alberghi (1716-1785), composer and virtuoso violinist from Faenza.
From this expansive foundation Italy continued, for about two centuries, to produce to prominent violinists: Paganini was the last of the greatest of these figures. However, the legacy of the Italian violin tradition was not confined to peninsular territory; great masters, students and pupils of those students disseminated the artistic and technical teachings of earlier figures throughout Europe, particularly in France, that witnessed the flourishing of the glorious École française de violon.
This conference aims to investigate the characteristics of the Italian violin tradition, alongside the figure and work of Tommaso Paolo Alberghi. The scientific committee welcome proposals addressing the themes listed below, although other, related topics are also welcome:

  • The geographical expanse of the Italian violin tradition
  • Violin ornamentation
  • Violin improvisation and the bravura tradition
  • The Italian violin tradition in contemporary treatises
  • The Italian violin tradition in Europe
  • The relationship between publishers and violinists/composers
  • Tartini and the “School of Nations”
  • Tommaso Paolo Alberghi (1716-1785): his life and work

Scholarly Committee

  • Roberto Illiano, Lucca
  • Simone Laghi, Cardiff, UK
  • Fulvia Morabito, Lucca
  • Luca Lévi Sala, New York, NY
  • Massimiliano Sala, Bergamo
  • Rohan H. Stewart-MacDonald, Warwickshire, UK

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof. Luca Aversano, (Università di Roma Tre)
  • Prof. Sergio Durante, (Università degli Studi di Padova/Presidente dell’Edizione Nazionale Locatelli)

The official languages of the conference are English, French and Italian. Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume.
Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, allowing time for questions and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and a biography.
All proposals should be submitted by email no later than ***Sunday 12 February 2017*** to <>. With your proposal please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation.
Further information about the programme and registration will be announced by the same month.
For any additional information, please contact:

Dr. Massimiliano Sala